Beeks’ availability to be known


FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said he’ll know today whether pitcher Jalen Beeks available for the Charlottesville (Va.) Regional.

Beeks has been sidelined for three weeks because of an elbow injury, leaving the Razorbacks without one of their weekend starters. Van Horn said Monday that Beeks may not be able to return in a starting role even if he’s cleared to pitch.

“I think what you’ll probably be looking at anyway would be something where he would be coming out of the bullpen if he’s able to go,” Van Horn said.

Beeks (5-4, 2.11 ERA) has not thrown off a mound since his last start at Ole Miss on May 3, but is playing catch “full speed,” according to Van Horn. The junior has done well in those throwing sessions, but still is not 100 percent.

Van Horn said Arkansas is considering reliever Zack Jackson as a third starter behind Trey Killian and Chris Oliver for the Charlottesville Regional. Jackson started in the 11-1 loss to LSU in the SEC Tournament semifinals.

But Van Horn said it would be “huge” to have Beeks back in any capacity this week.

“That would be a major plus for us,” Van Horn said. “Whether we used him as a seventh-, eighth-, ninth-inning type guy or close a game or get to a situation where he could start, it would be tremendous for our staff. Just having another arm in there with experience would be big.”